Put quite simply. It's Japanese animation, An animated series/movie with the "Made in Japan" lable. But, it isn't that simple. Anime usually has a far deeper storyline than western cartoons, wich usually rely on gags and humor. That doesn't mean that if something is anime, it is good(I personally would never like to see or hear the word pokemon again). Also, because Japanese television isn't as censored as American TV,(come to think of it, I don't think any kind of television is as censored as USA's, I'll check on that)so many "concerned parents" believe that anime is nothing but violent porno, which is not true.
Outlaw Star, Cowboy Bebop, .Hack//Sign, and Trigun are good examples
by jackie July 07, 2003
the japanese word for animation, simply cartoons that japanese people make, which lot's of people misinterpret as some perverted way of legalizing child-porn, or frog-eyed people etc. People also for some strange reason think that all japanese are anime-freaks... which is as stupid as thinking that all americans are cartoon-freaks. because that's literally what anime is--domestic cartoons. Anime lovers or "otaku" are treated in Japan the same way that star wars or hannah montana fans are treated in the states. It's something most people grow out of. anime could be innocent japanese cartoons for 2yr. olds, it has nothing to do with drawing saucer-sized eyes & colorful hair.
anime: japanese word for animation. not too difficult.
by where did I forget my wallet February 18, 2009
Japanese animation that's rapidly becoming popular in the U.S. A lot more mature than American cartoons containing sex, ultra violence, blood and swearing.
Cowboy Bebop is a cool new anime.
by Anonymous March 13, 2003
-A style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by stylized colorful art, futuristic settings, violence, and sex.(from dictionary.com)

-an awsome type of art that was drived from the word "animation". Duh. Anime is made in Japan and other places. Japan is the first thing that comes to mind in many people when they hear this(if they know what it is.if they dont and u just read this, now you know). Characters often have perfect bodies(i envy them), can have colorful hair, cool eyes, and are usualy hot =)(like Crim from .Hack//SIGN. there are other characteristics too.
some cool animes are Witch Hunter Robin, .Hack//SIGN, Cowboy Bebop, zoids, Gundam, and the list goes on.
the best form of animation ever!!! If you don't like anime, you're probably a closed-minded idiot with no real reason to hate it. What's not to like, I mean, the plots are profound and dramatic, the girls are HOT!!! and there is usually a lot of violence and sexuality. Content aside, the graphics are good and the characters are usually broad and creative! I like anime, I don't give a shit if you don't, fool!
Gundam and Inuyasha are anime.
by a5jc January 23, 2006
Animated works of art from Japan. Most often characterized by characters with big eyes, excessive but really cool facial expressions, females with big bouncy breasts(;^D), multi-colored hair, heavy use of ninjas, swords, and robots(mecha), and Japanese culture oozing from every frame of film. Includes basically any category of TV or movie show you can think of. For instance, there are anime kid's shows, anime soap operas, anime movies (which kick Disney's gay ass any day of the week :^]), anime sci-fi shows, anime pornography (hentai/pervert), anime music videos, etc., etc., etc......... Sometimes, the definition of anime can also apply to Japanese video games.

Unfortunately, these fine works of art are often mutilated, censored, and mistranslated by American corporate motherfuckers who want every imported film to be as watered down as the diarrhea-shit that Cartoon Network and Disney spew out of their asses. Often, the imported anime is so badly "edited" that it is often unbearable to watch, which means you would have to find a store that carries subtitled versions of the original cartoons, or find a bootleg store which carries the original anime(hope you know Japanese).
Cowboy Bebop, Robotech, Akira, Voltron, Thundercats, Outlaw Star, Gundam, and Iria are excellent examples of anime.

Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack are NOT examples of anime because they were MADE IN AMERICA, and anything that's made in America is pure and utter shit.
by AYB January 27, 2003
kick ass japanese cartoons
people who watch it are-

1. have awsome in taste for any kind of art
2. kick ass
3. my best friend
4. the only sane people in this world
5. needing popcorn
6. artists

*i can draw anime! im kick ass!*
** im making my own anime**
***im the coolest***
****im the numba 1 fan of japanese anime****
by animelover July 17, 2003

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